Oakland A's MLN: Week In Review, 5/29-6/4
Kurt Suzuki is on a hot streak.
Kurt Suzuki is on a hot streak.
Senior Editor
Posted Jun 5, 2006


In the latest installment of our weekly look at the best performances of the past seven days, we find that a number of the Oakland A's prospects are working on significant hitting streaks and winning streaks. Find out who had the best performances of the week inside...

Sacramento River Cats
Season Record: 29-27
Notable Performances for the Week of 5/29-6/4:

Jason Perry: 6-20, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K. Perry came out of his AAA induced slide a little bit this week. His biggest game was on June 1, when he went 4-5 with a homerun and two RBI. He has now reached the .200 mark at AAA for the first time and is 5-12 in June.

Scott McClain: 8-30, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K. McClain is starting to heat up in the power department. After only hitting two homers in April, McClain had five in May and has one in June. McClain had 30 homeruns last season for AAA-Iowa and now has eight on the year for Sacramento.

Mike Rouse: 5-13, 5 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 7 BB, 3 K, 1 SB. Rouse has been steadily increasing his production over the last several weeks. He finished the month of May with a .309 average after hitting .233 in April. His walk totals went from five in April to 11 in May. He already has four walks in June.

Santiago Casilla: 3 G, 1 W, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 6 K. Casilla returned from Oakland this week to give the River Cats’ bullpen a boost. His three-inning outing saw him blow a save with a run in the ninth, but tough out two more innings after that to put the River Cats in a position to win. His command has improved greatly this season at AAA, as he has struck out 23 against only seven walks in 24.1 innings for Sacramento.

Juan Dominguez: 1 GS, 1 W, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Dominguez continued a run of good starts with a solid outing on Tuesday. In his last five starts, Dominguez has allowed only nine runs in 30.1 innings of work. His May ERA was 3.72 after sporting an ugly 9.37 ERA in April.

Midland Rockhounds
Season Record: 31-26
Notable Performances for the Week of 5/29-6/4:

Brant Colamarino: 12-29, 6 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K. Colamarino punctuated his outstanding week by hitting the cycle on Sunday. He raised his average 25 points to .269 this week and is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak.

Kurt Suzuki: 13-31, 6 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K. Suzuki, at one point this week, had doubled in six consecutive games before having that streak stopped on Sunday. He still has a nine-game hitting streak, which includes seven multi-hit games. Suzuki is back over the .300 mark at .304 and on the season has walked as much as he has struck out (29 times each).

Brian Snyder: 5-9, 4 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. Snyder got into only three games this week, but he made them count. He surpassed his season homerun total with three in two games (he had two coming into the week) and inched his batting average close to the .200 mark, something he hasn’t seen since May 13. Snyder’s walk total has been remarkable despite his struggles at the plate this season, as he has walked 36 times in 40 games.

Jed Morris: 8-25, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K. Morris’ incredible resurgence continued into this week with another outstanding performance. Morris had three homers, including a grandslam, which doubled his season HR total. He also extended his hitting streak to 15 games. He played six games this week, five in right and one behind the plate.

Vasili Spanos: 13-29, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K. Speaking of streaks, Spanos is in the middle of a 13-game hitting streak himself. The corner infielder got some time out in field this week, making four starts at third and three at DH. He is hitting .325 on the year for Midland.

Matt Allegra: 12-30, 8 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K. Allegra’s batting average is up to .315 after another strong week at the plate. He has six homers in only 111 at-bats this season and has driven-in 21 runs. Allegra is hitting .371 with runners in scoring position for Midland this season.

Brad Ziegler: 2 GS, 2 W, 14 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 13 K. Ziegler beat Arkansas twice this week in his best back-to-back starts since April. On the year, Ziegler is holding opposing batters to a .248 batting average. He has walked only 17 in 63.2 innings.

Jeff Muessig: 3 G, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 6 K, 0 BB. Muessig has been quietly effective for Midland since his early May promotion. He has shown remarkable control, striking out 18 and walking only three in 16.1 AA innings. He has held AA batters to a .186 average and has been especially tough on right-handers, who are hitting only .139 against him.

Stockton Ports
Season Record: 28-28
Notable Performances for the Week of 5/29-6/4:

Luke Appert: 6-12, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 1 K. Appert has been red-hot over the last two weeks and he has his average back up to .279. His BB:K ratio is one of the best in the A’s system at 28 BB to 13 K.

Cameron Coughlan: 10-24, 8 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 BB, 5 K, 4 SB. The fleet-footed Coughlan has 12 stolen bases for Stockton this season in 16 chances. He brought his average up more than 30 points to .286 this week and was a force for Stockton at the top of their order.

Richie Robnett: 8-26, 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K. Robnett has been the Port’s best power-hitter, as he leads the team with nine homers. He had seven in May after only two in April He also hit 20 points higher in May then he did in April. He is hitting .355 on the road and only .184 at home this season.

Michael Rogers: 2 G, 2 W, 11 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 6 K. Rogers won his fifth and sixth straight decisions this week. His second “start” of the week actually came in relief of A’s reliever Jay Witasick, who was on a rehab assignment. Rogers leads the team with five wins and has lowered his ERA to 3.45 on the year.

Mike Madsen: 1 GS, 1 W, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K. Madsen went six innings or more in his third straight start and has gone at least six innings in five of his last six starts. He had a 3.57 ERA in May after posting a 4.85 ERA in April. For the season, Madsen’s ERA sits at 3.91.

Kane County Cougars
Season Record: 34-22
Notable Performances for the Week of 5/29-6/4:

Jeff Baisley: 13-26, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB. Baisley has been the best offensive player in the A’s system so far this season. The third baseman is in the middle of a 15-game hitting streak and he leads the A’s minor leagues with 12 homeruns and 55 RBI. After hitting .373 in May, Baisley is off to a .583 start in June. On the year, he is hitting .333.

Steve Kleen: 6-23, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K. Kleen got his average back above the .300 mark at .301 this week. He hasn’t hit for a ton of power, but he has been a consistent offensive force for Kane County, hovering around the .300 mark for much of the season. His OBP for the year is .396.

Jose Pineda: 6-21, 4 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K. Pineda had a two-homer, six-RBI day on Friday. He has been a power-speed threat for the Cougars, hitting eight homers and stealing 12 bases so far this season. He is hitting .301 at home this year, against a .225 mark on the road.

Jason Ray: 1GS, 1 W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 7 K. Ray has 61 strikeouts in 52.2 innings of work this season and is tied with two others as the team’s win leader with five. He lowered his ERA to 3.25 this week. The 21-year-old Ray had a perfect 4-0 record in May and is 1-0 in June. He is holding opposing hitters to a .207 average and he has allowed only one homerun this season.

Trey Shields: 2 GS, 2 W, 14 IP, 18 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K. Shields, the Cougars Opening Day starter, has won three straight starts after going six starts without a win. His two seven inning performances this week were his first back-to-back seven inning efforts this season.

John Herrera: 3 G, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Herrera has been steady for Kane County all season, posting a 2.66 ERA in 23.2 innings this season. He has been especially effective at home, holding opposing hitters to a .196 average and posting a 1.69 ERA in 10 home appearances.



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